Frustration abounded locally after Wednesday's failure of another immigration bill in the U.S. House of Representatives — but so, too, did hopeful calls for substitute legislation addressing the needs of Kern individuals and businesses.

It’s rare when somebody challenges a sitting judge for re-election, but Deputy District Attorney Cole McKnight — a prosecutor with a track record of putting away violent gang members — said it’s imperative to ensure Kern County has a shot at electing a judge with his background in gang crimes.

The Kern County Board of Supervisors could walk out of a closed session meeting Wednesday with a newly drawn map that will give greater representation to Latino communities and reshape the region’s political landscape — even if it has to be forced upon them.

WASHINGTON — Republicans pushed a nearly $1.5 trillion tax bill through the Senate early Saturday after a burst of eleventh-hour horse trading, as a party starved all year for a major legislative triumph took a giant step toward giving President Donald Trump one of his top priorities by Christmas.

Larry Koman, a Bakersfield businessman who had planned to run for the open Ward 5 seat on the Bakersfield City Council, announced Wednesday he would end his campaign.

Congressman David Valadao announced Tuesday he's co-sponsoring legislation that would protect undocumented people who were brought to the United States as children if the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program is discontinued under the new presidential administration.

When volunteers fanned out across Bakersfield’s Ward 5 in recent weeks asking residents to support a special election to fill the seat left vacant by the tragic death of Bakersfield City Councilman Jeff Tkac, they noticed something interesting.

Paulette Wyant doesn't own a dart gun and doesn't plan to buy one. The Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton bobblehead dolls she won in The Californian's Pick the Winners contest this month will share a shelf of honor in her home, despite the fact her candidate lost.

Two days after the 2016 presidential election, Bakersfield residents still have mixed opinions about the new president-elect. On Thursday, The Californian headed to a busy shopping center to talk to readers about their opinions and what they are hoping for in the future.